RSPCA Tasmania has called for an end to speculation around an ongoing animal cruelty investigation that saw 45 Chihuahuas surrendered to a Hobart shelter this month.
Chief inspector Paul McGinty took to the organisation's Facebook page today to address what he called ``a high volume of incorrect information based on rumour and gossip'' about the case.
Mr McGinty said the dogs, including puppies and pregnant bitches, were surrendered by their owners after the RSPCA began investigating complaints made against them.
But he said some suggestions about the case made on social media suggesting that another organisation had been involved in the investigation were false, as were claims RSPCA planned to breed the dogs itself.
The dogs are currently being vet checked and desexed and some have already been adopted.
Mr McGinty said people spreading false information risked jeopardising any future legal proceedings.
``As this investigation is currently incomplete, I would urge people and groups to refrain from posting negative, and perhaps more importantly, completely incorrect information and comments on social media sites, as doing so may be looked upon as interfering with an on-going investigation and will not be looked upon favourably, legally speaking,'' he said.